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Course summary

  • The course is approved and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, and recognised by the British Association of Art Therapists.
  • Graduate with the eligibility to apply for professional registration as an art therapist or art psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.
  • Become eligible to apply for full membership of the British Association of Art Therapists.
  • Gain first-hand, practical experience of clinical art therapy practice.
  • Develop your clinical reasoning and professional identity, and integrate your learning from all areas of the course through Independent Scholarship.
The course reinforces the centrality of the image and the role of the imagination in the practice of art therapy. It will give you experience of clinical art therapy practice under supervision, as well as experience of group work, studio practice and a critical understanding of current theoretical ideas. During the course you’ll have a personal tutor who will monitor your overall progress. As well as the taught components of the course, you’ll also need to engage in personal therapy for a minimum of one hour a week throughout the training; this is a requirement for professional registration (please note that this is at your own cost). This will be individual therapy, where you will be required to work with an Art Psychotherapist.


Modules include: art therapy clinical placement 1; arts therapies theory and research in relation to practice 1; art therapy studio; art therapy clinical placement 2; arts therapies theory and research in relation to practice 2; art therapy experiential group; arts therapies independent scholarship: a body of work.

Assessment method

Assessments are practical, oral and written - there are no exams. Usually, assessment is through either written assignments, the production of artwork, oral presentations or reports based on performance in the clinical setting. You'll receive clear guidelines at the start of each module, about how you'll be assessed in that module.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you are required to have completed an undergraduate degree, either: BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing; a degree in the visual arts, or an undergraduate degree in other related areas, such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, and nursing and have a sound current folio of artwork or an equivalent professional qualification and extensive experience in a related field. You will also need: around one year's full time (or equivalent) relevant work experience which may be voluntary work; to be able to show you've got sufficient life experience and emotional maturity, as well as having the intellectual capacity, to cope with the demands of the course; if your first language is not English, you'll need to have achieved an IELTS of at least 6.5 or equivalent with no element below 6.0, as stipulated by the HCPC at the point of application. Experience of having undergone personal therapy is desirable (though not essential).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14900* Whole course
England £1500* Module
Northern Ireland £1500* Module
Scotland £1500* Module
Wales £1500* Module
International £14900* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Art Therapy at University of Derby - UCAS